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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Comment

Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Police Blotter

One dead in MV fire

Mountain View firefighters responded to a single-alarm mobile-home fire in the early-morning hours Monday that left one person dead.

According to the Mountain View Fire Department, emergency personnel responded to reports of the blaze at 1075 Space Park Way at approximately 12:34 a.m. and found one of the park’s units fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters at the scene were unable to enter the unit until the fire was extinguished because its structural integrity (both floor and ceiling) had been compromised. Responders later found the body of a deceased resident during a follow-up search. The Santa Clara Coroner’s Office has yet to release the identity of the deceased individual.

Fire and police officials had not determined the cause of the fire or the cause of death as of the Town Crier’s press deadline.

Student assaulted, robbed by group

A group of male juveniles assaulted and robbed a student while he was walking home from school Nov. 26.

The group, which police believe consisted of four to five members ages 17 and older, approached the victim on Casita Way, asked for directions and began assaulting him, according to Los Altos Police Detective Abe Velasco. The group was last seen fleeing the scene near Los Altos High in a black four-door Toyota or Honda sedan after stealing some of the victim’s personal items. Police were unable to locate the suspects after the incident was reported at 3:07 p.m.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Velasco at 947-2770.

Harassment

Nov. 25, 6:40 p.m., 500 block of Palm Avenue: A female victim contacted police after she received several harassing phone calls from a former boyfriend.

– Diego Abeloos

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